Valspar vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Valspar Paint vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
(Please note, the below post was written after my first project using the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. I have since done numerous projects with this product. Please take a look at other posts to learn more about painting furniture.)
First, I want to let you all know that I was not given free product, payment or any other compensation for this “trial”. I am wanting to take on my entire 70 year old, dining room set; one table with 4 leaves, hutch and 6 chairs. Yikes! I thought doing a little paint trial might be wise.
It has been a couple of years since I have refinished any furniture and I know some new products are out. I found the Annie Sloan a couple of years ago but would have had to order it. I was nervous to spend that much on something I was unfamiliar with. The other paint I wanted to try was the new Valspar paint. I was told by the salesman at Lowe’s that there was no need to prime the wood before painting and it was super easy to work with.
I picked two small projects to “trial.” Two very different pieces. One is very simple and and the other I painted bright red and added hand made cushions using a gorgeous Waverly fabric. Please don’t let the colors sway your opinion.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
I have seen so many pieces of furniture done with this paint. Brilliant colors with this unique matte finish. I could not wait to get my hands on a can! We moved to Roanoke, VA from Chicago, Il last summer and fortunately here in Roanoke, we have a fantastic store called “Black Dog Salvage” that carries the Annie Sloan paint.
For the “Annie Sloan Project” I up-cycled this very loved bench.
As you can see, it wasn’t in the best shape and to most consumers, I am sure it looked like worthless junk. However, I saw great potential. Loved the unusual little set up with the side desk. I was told that this paint works magic and you can use it on anything. I chose the “Emperors Silk” red paint. Here we go…
-Yes, you can use it on any surface! I know you do not have to sand the furniture, but I did a soft sanding after I filled in some areas with wood putty. I wiped the furniture down with warm water and a towel before painting.
-The color is brilliant and gorgeous.
-A little goes a long way. I have almost an entire can left over. Enough to do a table and 4 chairs in my basement.
-It was amazingly easy to use. The paint seemed to just soak right in to the furniture. Not goopy or runny. I dipped the brush almost halfway in the paint and used light strokes
-I do indeed have that unique, matte finish
-I completely love my end result.
-Expensive. The quart of paint was $40 something. I had to buy a wax brush that was $30 something and I had to buy the wax $25 and some change. $95 and then some! Yes I have some left over, but how many things do I want to paint “Emperors Silk” red?
-I am limited on color choices. Very small selection of color. I could not have used this paint for my “Valspar” project. For the next project, I wanted to match what was already in the room. Not an option here.
The next project was a little pine toy storage unit from IKEA. I was moving t this into my daughters room. I refinished her furniture a couple of years ago and wanted the toy unit to match. I chose Valspar’s “Lazy Day’s” with a satin finish. It was a perfect match. The salesman at Lowe’s told me that this little sample jar would cover 25 feet of painting surface. I highly doubted that…
-It certainly did cover 25 feet of painting surface. I painted this entire unit, inside and out. down to the last drop.
-I only paid $2.00 and some change for this project by purchasing the sample jar. No, that’s not a typo…$2 bucks!!
-It covered well. I again, did light strokes on the first coat. The second coat was more of a “touch up” coat.
-I could choose any color I wanted! Unlimited options.
-I did not need to do any prep work. Opened the can and painted. No finishing work either. No wax required.
-Again, totally pleased with the result. Perfect match, smooth finish and easy.
-It doesn’t give that “matte” finish you get from the Annie Sloan paint
-I don’t think I could distress a piece the way I could with the Annie Sloan paint. I believe it would look more chipped then distressed.
Seriously though, for $2.00 and an easy paint project? Big deal!
Now that they are both done, I can’t say I prefer one over the other. I genuinely think they both serve different purposes. I will definitely use the Annie Sloan for some of those custom projects, like my funky bench or a unique coffee table but, you just can’t go wrong with Valspar. The ease of use, color options and great prices really make your project options endless.
What do you think? I would love some feedback from this one!